The Lithuanian Governmental Strategic Planning Committee has endorsed the idea of creating a big budget historical epic about the Battle of Grunwald entitled Zalgiris - the Day of Iron. The film is budgeted at around €5 million (17 million Litas).

The Lithuanian Ministry of Culture is boosting the state film funding budget by one-third in 2008, according to the Lithuanian Film Council. During 2007, the Culture Ministry considered about 100 film projects and decided to support 30 requests for film production and 17 requests for film distribution totaling 7 million litas (€2 million).

One of Lithuania's most promising young filmmakers, Giedre Beinoriute, has completed her new short feature, The Balcony, which is set for screening early next year.

Film studio Studija 2 is preparing for release two short features: Perl by director Laimantas Kairys and Intrigue of Reality directed by Justinas Lingys. Both films are produced by Arunas Stoskus and Kestutis Petrulis, who founded the independent Studija 2 in 2004.

Veteran Hollywood director Edward Zwick began shooting his new film Defiance in Lithuania last week. The film is budgeted at about $50 Million (€36.6 million).

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